election 2012

Unemployment Rate Falls In 75 Percent Of States

Unemployment Rate Falls In 75 Percent Of States

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 U.S. states last month, the latest indication that the job market is slowly healing. Unemployment rates are now below 7 percent in 23 of the 50 states. The Labor Department says rates rose in seven states in... Read More »

Will Gay Marriage Change The American Workplace?

Will Gay Marriage Change The American Workplace?

One of the most striking results of Election 2012 was that gay marriage initiatives were passed by popular vote in three states (Maine, Maryland and Washington). Read More »

Office Politics: How To Befriend The Enemy After A Heated Battle

Office Politics: How To Befriend The Enemy After A Heated Battle

Forget the election, the showdown between President Obama and Gov. Romney was nothing compared to some of the leadership wars I've seen in corporate America. For those of us who have witnessed firsthand a fight for power over a project, division or high-profile initiative, we know this: When the battle is over... Read More »

What Obama's Win Means For Jobs, Investing, Homebuying [Live Chat]

What Obama's Win Means For Jobs, Investing, Homebuying [Live Chat]

This live chat has ended, but view it on video below. Go to the AOL Jobs Google+ page at 12:30 PM EST and join in our post-election Hangout! We'll have our staff answering your questions about what a second Obama term will mean for the future of housing, jobs, and the economy. Don't have a Google+ account? No... Read More »

Unemployed, Romney Supporter: 'I Am Numb'

Unemployed, Romney Supporter: 'I Am Numb'

It's the morning after Election Day 2012 and I am feeling numb. Over the past four years, nearly three of which occurred after my layoff from a good job with a good company, I came to believe that the policies of the Obama administration were antithetical to a robust economic recovery after a deep recession.... Read More »

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Even with both Republican and Democratic parties bragging about their ground game, Americans will likely hit Nov. 7 knowing at least one number: just 50 to 60 percent of the voting age population will have cast ballots. There are many reasons for this. For people in non-swing states, their presidential choice... Read More »

Election 2012's Big Question: Is The Jobs Picture Improving?

Election 2012's Big Question: Is The Jobs Picture Improving?

Are you better off than you were four years ago? It's the quadrennial question that hangs over every presidential election. Four years ago, with a devastating financial crisis gripping America and the world, the answer was obviously, "no." This time around, the answer is more complicated. The official... Read More »

Survey: What Co-Workers Tell Each Other About The Election

Survey: What Co-Workers Tell Each Other About The Election

By Anthony Balderrama After all the debates, commercials with approved messages, polls and endless graphs showing momentum shifting, Election Day is finally in sight. But for all the barrage of election news, people don't plan to bring their politics into the workplace. According to a new CareerBuilder... Read More »

Romney Ad Blames Obama For Killing Bill's Barbecue, But Locals Disagree

Romney Ad Blames Obama For Killing Bill's Barbecue, But Locals Disagree

So far, one of the most controversial ads of the presidential campaign seemed to suggest that Mitt Romney was somehow to blame for a woman's cancer death. Now an ad from the Romney camp is being accused of mistakenly holding President Obama responsible for the death of a landmark barbecue joint in Richmond,... Read More »

In Swing States, Military Veterans' Concerns Loom Large

In Swing States, Military Veterans' Concerns Loom Large

By Thomas Beaumont NORFOLK, Va. -- The far-flung swing states that have the most sway in the presidential election have something else in common -- a large share of military veterans who are getting special attention from the fiercely dueling campaigns. In a White House campaign this hard-fought, no... Read More »

Obama Campaign Calls Out Romney's '12 Million Jobs' Plan As Phony

Obama Campaign Calls Out Romney's '12 Million Jobs' Plan As Phony

In the last debate, President Obama took a lot of flak from his base for failing to pounce on what they saw as Mitt Romney's endless fibbing. And it seems this time, the Obama camp is on the offensive, seizing on a scathing Washington Post analysis, published this morning, that gave Romney's jobs plan "four... Read More »

Lessons From 6 Famous Sidekicks: How To Succeed Without Being A Lackey

Lessons From 6 Famous Sidekicks: How To Succeed Without Being A Lackey

Thursday's match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan may not be the most anticipated debate of the election season, but for those who do tune in, the discussion will likely showcase how devoted each man is to his running mate. Playing second fiddle to a more... Read More »

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

It's 32 days before election day, and an embattled president receives news that could only bring him joy. For the first time since Barack Obama's first month in office, the national unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent, to a September tally of 7.8 percent. "Well, isn't that convenient?" in effect... Read More »

5 Tough Questions For The Presidential Candidates

5 Tough Questions For The Presidential Candidates

Every four years at this time the major candidates for president face off to discuss, argue and debate the nation's problems. The first of the 2012 presidential debates is Wednesday night, and President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, each want to be seen as... Read More »

My Unemployed Life:  Is 8 Percent Unemployment The 'New Normal'?

My Unemployed Life: Is 8 Percent Unemployment The 'New Normal'?

I like to post in the numerous job seeker discussion groups on LinkedIn. I've "met" so many capable, hard-working people over there who can't find good jobs in this stagnant economy. Sharing our experiences, we understand that our situations aren't our "fault" and support each other as we navigate these rocky... Read More »

Business-Friendly SC May Forgive Romney's Job Cuts

Business-Friendly SC May Forgive Romney's Job Cuts

By Jeffrey Collins LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- At first glance, South Carolina seems like a place where attacks on Mitt Romney's experience at the helm of a venture capital firm that cut jobs would resonate in the GOP primary. The state's unemployment rate hasn't been below 9 percent in three years and a... Read More »

In Elections, Jobless Trend Matters More Than Rate

In Elections, Jobless Trend Matters More Than Rate

By Paul Wiseman WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment is higher than it's been going into any election year since World War II. But history shows that won't necessarily stop President Barack Obama from reclaiming the White House. Read More »

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